There has been a good deal of debate in Ealing about the â€œcutsâ€. One thing we have not heard about is the Labour administrationâ€™s ideas about shared services. Today we have heard some early results of the Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham project â€“ an ambitious programme that aims to save Â£33 million across the three councils by 2015/6. In particular the project aims to halve the number of middle and senior managers. As I pointed out last Friday Ealingâ€™s bill for its senior management team is Â£8.9 million. Half of that would be well worth having.
The detail of the first Â£1 million of savings makes interesting reading:
- Â£320k by sharing a single director of childrenâ€™s services
- Â£320k by sharing a single director of adult services
- Â£100k by sharing a single director of libraries
- Â£150k by combining environmental services across Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea
- Â£120k by combining making a joint appointment to the director for schoolsâ€™ quality and standards between Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea.
All these savings involve taking out senior management roles; something that Ealing has signally failed to address.
A more detailed document is available here.